Trump Complains Dr. Fauci Made a Lot of Mistakes

Mish

Trump sidelined Fauci after complaining about the doctor on Fox News.

The Guardian reports Fauci sidelined as Trump's White House steps up briefing campaign.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Trump's director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has come under increasing fire from the president and his proxies. Trump told Fox news interviewers that Fauci had “made a lot of mistakes” and said he “disagreed” with Fauci’s claim that the US was in a bad place in its coronavirus response.

Fauci had found himself in the uncomfortable position of gently correcting Trump’s false or misleading statements for months. As far back as April the president retweeted a call for him to be fired, although that threat appeared to have receded.

In any case, Trump cannot fire Fauci, who enjoys support on both sides of Congress and has a public approval rating for his coronavirus response of 67% – almost three times that of Trump’s. Instead the strategy appears aimed at damaging his standing while keeping him out of the public eye by cancelling media appearances.

In the latest salvo of a coordinated briefing campaign, a White House official told CNN on Saturday that “several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr Fauci has been wrong on things”.

Fauci, who has diplomatically navigated Trump’s often chaotic and sometimes bizarre response to the pandemic, has long been the target of pro-Trump rightwing media in the US, where he has been denounced as “Dr Doom” or accused of being leftwing.

We Are Not Doing Great

Anyone who disagrees with Trump on anything is accused of having TDS or being leftwing or both.

This latest feud started on July 9 when Dr. Fauci told FiveThirtyEight ‘I Don’t Think You Can Say We’re Doing Great. I Mean, We’re Just Not.’

Anna Rothschild 538: So are you saying that in these states, are you saying that it’s a mix of politicians not following guidelines and people not following orders?

Dr. Anthony Fauci: Yes. It is both. I mean, it’s not a unidimensional thing. It’s complicated. There are some governors and mayors that did it perfectly correctly. They stayed exactly. They wanted to open up, so they went through the guidelines of opening up their state. But what happened is that many of the citizenry, said, “You know, well, I’m either going to be locked down or I’m going to let it all rip.” And you could see from just looking, documented on TV and in the papers of still photos of people at bars and congregations, which are a perfect setup, particularly if you don’t have a mask. 

AR You know, for a few months, masks were quite a partisan issue, though in the past few weeks politicians on both sides have advocated for their use. Do you think America’s hyperpartisan environment has made it more difficult to suppress the virus?

AF: You know, I think you’d have to admit that that’s the case. We live, I mean, you have to be having blindfolders on and covering your ears to think that we don’t live in a very divisive society now, from a political standpoint.

Congratulations!

Very Diplomatic 

Facuci was far more diplomatic than he might have been. 

OK Fauci made mistakes, but who didn't? 

It was Trump who from the beginning never treated things seriously. It is Trump who said we would soon be on our way to zero cases. It was Trump who told Michigan and other states to open up.

And it was Trump who refused to wear a mask, setting a poor example for the nation. 

If Trump wants someone to blame, he should look in a mirror or complain to Fox News about himself.

And I am still waiting for a peep from Hannity. For details please see Dear Sean Hannity: Who Owes Whom an Apology?

Mish

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mrutkaus
mrutkaus

Think how Obama would have handled this, wearing a mask on national TV soon into the pandemic.

Think of the puerile politicization of masks.

Think of the lives (and money!) lost because of the mind of a 14 year old bully-dozer.

CA2020
CA2020

People that are paying attention know where Dr. Fauci and the President both stand. History will not be kind to this feeble, inept, destructive, divisive, corrupt, narcissistic President.

simb555
simb555

Enough Trump, please stick to what you know best, ECONOMICS.

wmjack
wmjack

Again cases do not equal deaths and we will all catch the bug sooner or later in fact the death rate is dropping---AND REMEMBER IT WAS THOSE PESKY CHINESE COMMUNIST LIBS THAT STARTED THIS not Trump

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

If Trump had a brain it would be lonely.

Deedee43
Deedee43

To him it was not a mistake. He always has a reason for setting up conflict and division. It may be self serving but it is a real reason. He is not stupid.

JCPatriot
JCPatriot

So Mish, you say Fauci made mistakes, yet everybody gives him a pass. And you say Trump never took it seriously, but he went along with shutting down the economy in response to the experts' recommendations. So the experts get the pass, and Trump is the idiot. Same old lines.

njbr
njbr

Death rate dropping ??

numike
numike

pfft!! The rich will pay for it all

Super-rich call for higher taxes on wealthy to pay for Covid-19 recovery

Exclusive: Group of 83 wealthy individuals demands ‘immediate, substantial and permanent’ higher taxes ‘on people like us’

Jackula
Jackula

Dr Fauci and Trump both deserve to be fired. Fauci for initial lying and saying facemasks don't work and for favoring the expensive Remdesivir while using flawed studies stating the dirt cheap HCQ does not work. Trump for absolutely horrific crisis management. (Bloomberg) https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/us-hospitals-need-to-study-how-well-remdesivir-really-works/ar-BB16FYX1

Jojo
Jojo

Trump and many other politicians panicked and reacted to the scare mongering death predictions made by a variety of health officials.

This is a very pertinent paragraph from the article below that applies to Fauci and all the other scientists who have been stepping outside their wheelhouses to make economic recommendations.

"Divination, accurate or not, is harmless in and of itself: that’s obvious. But when made by scientific dignitaries, in particular in the process of informing politicians amid crisis circumstances, it often leads to knee jerk reactions at all levels. The causative factors cited are, or should be, well known to economists: they include use of poor data or the wrong use of high quality data; improper or incorrect assumptions; wrongful estimates of sensitivity; wrongly interpreted past results or evidence; problems of dimensionality; and groupthink/bandwagon effects."

What Economists Can Teach Epidemiologists
AIER >> Daily Economy >> Healthcare >> Economic Education >> Crisis
Peter C. Earle
– July 11, 2020

TeleAllende
TeleAllende

It's obvious what's happening. Trump failed miserably on Covid-19 the entire year of 2020. Now it's backfired badly on him. Trump is desperately looking for scapegoats, and just throwing dirt out there in random directions, hoping it will stick, including Dr. Fauci. It might work with some people, but I doubt it will work with most Democrats, educated on CNN / MSNBC, and I doubt it will work with many independents. Even his base was responsive to Lincoln Project ads that targeted Trumps miserably failed Covid-19 response.

njbr
njbr

numike
numike

Official Covid-19 Statistics Are Missing Something Critical” . “At the moment, official record-keeping offers only three options when it comes to Covid-19: infection, recovery, or death…. But these official statistics miss quite a lot. Specifically, they fail to represent Covid-19 morbidity — the harm that the disease causes, even in people that it doesn’t kill. In terms of measuring the long-term impact of the disease — and accurately evaluating risk — that’s a big problem…. All these early reports point to the possibility that Covid-19 causes acute infection, but also long-term inflammatory damage. Inflammatory diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. If Covid-19 worsens these conditions — or causes its own long-term inflammatory damage — the result could be millions of additional deaths from heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and the like, especially in already vulnerable populations. These effects of the disease may not be apparent for years or decades.”

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

At this point I don’t think the covidiots will ever accept that the corona virus is a serious health threat to the US population. Depending upon which of them you listen to it is either not much worse than a common cold or at worst comparable to the flu.
Between 12,000 and 56,000 people in the US die from the flu in an average year and that is without any stay at home orders, social distancing or mask wearing. So far the Covid virus has claimed approximately 137,000 lives and estimates suggest we will see at least another 23,000 fatalities in the US. And that is with shutdowns, social distancing and mask wearing. The one thing that is clear is that the US fumbled its response to the virus. Even now we are hearing of delays in the availability of test results. The bottom line is we blew it. One final thought. Even if we had foregone lockdowns the economy would still have tanked.

njbr
njbr

Immunity to COVID-19 in recovered patients may only last a few months, a new study conducted by King’s College London has suggested.

According to the research, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, immunity antibodies decrease significantly in the three months following infection, leaving patients susceptible to reinfection year after year – similar to the common cold.

In what is believed to be the first longitudinal study of its kind, researchers looked into the immune response of 90 patients and healthcare workers at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust.

While the analysis revealed a “potent” level of antibodies could be found in 60 per cent of participants while at the peak of their battle with coronavirus, sequential blood tests showed only 17 per cent sustained that same level of potency three months later.

Antibodies decreased 23-fold in some cases, and were depleted entirely in others.

njbr
njbr

Looking to another country--Israel:

If you ask Siegal Sadetzki, the head of the nation’s public-health service, who served as an Israeli Dr. Anthony Fauci for the past six months and quit her job on Tuesday, the government “has lost its compass.”

“Israel is heading to a dangerous place,” she wrote in an 8,000-word indictment of the government’s failure to prepare in any way for a resurgence of illness.

“Despite systematic and repeated warnings through various channels, and discussions in several forums, we are watching with frustration as the hourglass of opportunities runs low,” she warned.

“I have come to the conclusion that in the newly created conditions under which my professional opinion is not accepted—I can no longer help to effectively cope with the spread of the virus.”

All this may sound familiar to Americans in the many states where the virus infections are now spiking. But … it gets worse.

During the six wasted weeks, the period singled out by Sadetzki, schools were chaotically reopened and then, as infections soared, re-shuttered. Parents were unable to foresee re-entering the workforce. The public was instructed to wear masks—but no system of enforcement was put into place. The lists of permitted and prohibited activities shifted daily, with little or no explanation. While Netanyahu actively pursued his (since scuttled) dream of annexing significant parts of the occupied West Bank, the number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 multiplied by 499 percent....

....Criticizing the government’s “hesitant response,” Ran Balicer, a professor of public health and a member of Israel’s national Epidemic Management Team, said in an interview that “no place on earth has seen a spike in morbidity [the disease rate] like Israel’s.”

Tuesday was Israel’s worst day of contagion, with 1,400 new cases of COVID-19 announced, a record since the start of the outbreak.

Event spaces, bars, and gyms have been re-shut but instructions regarding public transportation remain unclear, and the transport and finance ministers squabble on the airwaves.

On Tuesday, in testimony to the Israeli parliament, Udi Kliner, Sadetzki’s deputy, reported that schools—not restaurants or gyms—turned out to be the country’s worst mega-infectors.

(Again, this should be of interest to Americans who have been told by a presidential tweet in all caps that “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!”)

William Janes
William Janes

Follow economists' methodology: that is the advice for epidemiologists. We all know how successful economist's predictions and advice have been in the past. Surely, this article is a jest.

tokidoki
tokidoki

Breaking News!!!

Trump is Fauci is Trump.

That's all.

JCPatriot
JCPatriot

Now that some labs in Florida was grossly over-reporting positive tests and under-reporting negative tests, will Mish be apologizing to Hannity? I doubt it, as he's probably written a few dozen anti-Trump stories already. Will anyone on here admit to being wrong at least a little bit? No!

American footballer
American footballer

I know this is not a popular opinion but I do happen to agree on the subject of Fauci's incompetence. He was extremely offside during the early days of the pandemic and indecisive. When he is asked a question, he tends to revert to legal language ie. Hydroxychloroquine has not been evaluated as "safe an effective" which you'd more likely hear from a pharma rep trying to avoid an FDA fine. Additionally, this guy seems be to outclassed by some informed laymen.

He do not seem to have any plan for the country to move past this crisis and many of his responses indicate a willingness to keep the US in emergency mode permanently. As opposed to the start of the crisis, we have some decent mortality and morbidity data and the virus is not as lethal as thought. Morbidity and mortality data suggests Covid-19 is akin to the flu in anyone under 45. The median age of mortality in the US now sits at 82. How does this justify continuing to conduct policy in the way Fauci is suggesting?

Montana33
Montana33

The virus controls the economy now and Trump is a quitter who crumbled. He can’t handle anything that requires teamwork because he is incapable of building a team. Our economy is destroyed and he does nothing but complain about people who speak the truth. It’s gut wrenching to see refrigerated trucks for dead bodies in Arizona and Texas and probably Florida soon. Can you imagine your beloved being stacked in a truck in the parking lot because mortuaries can’t handle the massive volume of dead people? Trump will maintain his delusions but dead people piling up in trucks and blown out hospitals all over the country will 100 percent destroy our hearts and our economy.

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

Cos Trump is so perfect in everything he says and does.


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